The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


5 February 2016

Bamboo Battles & More Mulching

Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys Nigra)
Possibly the world's best compost!
Mulching borders.

Emptying the compost heap and mulching borders continues! How could we have made so much?? At the end of the day we had moved less than a quarter of the volume and it was all uphill from the heap........yawn!  

Actually before starting, we spent ages in the Henclosure taming the black bamboo which had ideas way above its station in life and was stealthily invading the whole area underground.  We dug up barrows full of shoots and roots which were ready for a surprise spring attack.  Now all is under control and the girls will still have their summer shade!

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